Rodman stars at National Cycling Championships

Sunday, September 20, 2015

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JAMAICA'S national representative Marloe Rodman captured the men's Elite Match Sprint for the feature Gatorade Cup at the 2015 two-day National Cycling Championships, which ended at the National Stadium Velodrome last Sunday.

Rodman was devastating as he outclassed his competitors.

The unattached Rodman, who is from St Catherine, lost only one race, and that was in the Elite Match Sprint best-of-three finals where OShane Williams of St James, also unattached, triumphed in the two-lap finals. However, Rodman produced powerful rides in the second and third to win both convincingly, a 2-1 win and the Gatorade Cup.

Rodman captured six events at the two-day championships and was also the overall winner of the Omnium championships with a total of 304 points ahead of Oshane Williams with 142 points, and Thailer Hill of Portland Club with 117 points.

Rodman also won the Omnium Points Race with 104 points, where he lapped the field twice to accumulate the points tally from Williams with 32 points, and Tinga Turner of St Andrew with 16 points.

He also won the Omnium 1,000-metre event in a time of 1:11.89 minutes ahead of Williams (1:17.18) and Hill (1:18.81), and also the Omnium Flying 250 metres in 14.87 seconds ahead of Williams with 16.06 seconds and Hill with 16.26 seconds.

Rodman showed his class again in the Omnium Scratch race, beating Turner and Williams, while winning the Elite Flying 200 metres in 1.12 seconds ahead of Hill from Portland with 12.80 seconds and Williams, third, with 12.28 seconds.

His other win was in the Omnium 4,000 metres Pursuit where he won in a time of 5:10.71 minutes from Turner with 5:47.37 and Williams with 5:49.01.

Daniel Palmer of Blissett Club from St Andrew was the junior champion. He first won the Junior 500 metres (One lap) in 41.72 seconds ahead of Andrew Ramsay of Endurance Club from St Catherine in 42.73 and Merrick Williams, also from Endurance Club, in 43.02 seconds.

Palmer won the Juniors Flying 200 metres final in 13.17 seconds ahead of Ramsay with 13.91, and Williams of Endurance Club with 15.05 seconds.

He went on to capture the Junior Match Sprint, beating Ramsay and Jonah McClure from Blissett Club. Ramsay won the Junior 3,000 metres Pursuit in a time of 4:44.71 minutes ahead of Palmer (4:46.83) and McClure (4:58.68).

The Masters Flying 200 metres final was won by Karl Douglas of Endurance Cub of St Catherine in a time of 14.46 seconds ahead of Wayne Smith of St James in 14.64 seconds. Smith turned the tables on Douglas by winning the Masters 4,000 metres Pursuit in a time of 6:15.96 minutes, while Douglas's second-placed time was 6:54.92 minutes.

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Cycling Federation (JCF) President Kirk Finnikin said he was very pleased on day two as more fans turned out to witness some exciting races, especially from Rodman, the experienced campaigner.

"We could have more support from the public, but early afternoon heavy showers prevented the support, but still I was pleased," Finnikin said.

He said the JCF is now working to stage two more track races at the National Stadium Velodrome in October and another in November, with one being a Development Meet.

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